The University of Buckingham Medical School is the UK’s first independent not-for-profit Medical School. Our guiding philosophy is to produce highly ethical, honest and compassionate doctors who will put the patient first.
Our curriculum is derived from a well-established MB ChB programme that has been refined over 20 years to provide optimum learning experience. Every aspect of it has been engineered to fully equip our students with the skills necessary to start their journey as medical practioners.
The Medical School embraces The University of Buckingham ethos of focusing on student experience. This has allowed the University to lead the National Student Survey for Student Satisfaction for the past eight years.
MB ChB Course
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History of the School
He had a vision that was shared by Professor Karol Sikora, a distinguished medical academic who has fought continually for patients’ rights to better treatment, and Professor Mike Cawthorne, who had set up the Clore Lab which does groundbreaking research on Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Buckingham.
Together they discussed and evaluated various schemes including several joint ventures both in the UK and internationally for over seven years. All of these possible partnership arrangements eventually floundered and Terence, Karol and Mike concluded that if Buckingham was to have a Medical School, it must do so with its own resources.
They set out to find clinical partners and recognised that Milton Keynes Hospital, which is less than 15 miles away, was part of the fastest growing city in Europe but took very few medical students from other universities. Staff there were enthusiastic supporters of the idea of becoming a university hospital. They were joined by St Andrew’s Healthcare, Bedford hospital, and local General Practices in and around the Buckingham area.
Professor John Clapham had a long career in the pharmaceutical industry at Beecham, SmithKline Beecham (where he worked with Mike Cawthorne) and AstraZeneca; first in Sweden and more latterly as Director of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal research at Alderley Park , Macclesfield. He joined the Medical School project as its Chief Operating Officer.
Professor Stewart Petersen was about to retire from his position of Director of Medical Education at Leicester University and agreed to help the University prepare its plans for submission to the General Medical Council, which in turn established a review team (as they do with all new medical schools) that will meet and advise with Medical School staff throughout the first five years until the first cohort of students graduate. Leicester University agreed to licence their curriculum to Buckingham and provide valuable support in delivering the curriculum in the first few years.
The Chandos Road Building at the University of Buckingham was identified as the initial home of the University of Buckingham Medical School. The building has a long architectural heritage, being at various times a factory making steam driven cars and a milk factory. The building was acquired by the University following a bequest from the Warren Foundation. The University established seminar rooms and lecture theatres in the building, but around 40% of the building has been used for storage.
It is this area that has been converted to include a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms, anatomy, clinical skills area, academic offices and study areas for students.
This journey is now leading to the arrival of our first cohort of 70 students on 5 January 2015.
Overview of the course
The fundamental philosophy of the medical course at Buckingham is to help you along your journey towards the outcomes defined by the GMC through a process of ‘guided learning’. All we can do however is to help you – the journey is yours to make, and you must take personal responsibility for the achievement of the course outcomes. We will provide opportunities and support, but you must engage with the course and develop as an individual, as we are all different.
Your journey will be different to that of other students according to your own strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, but you must reach the same destination – being fit and equipped to practise as a new doctor and to develop in your medical career. This means that you must engage actively with learning. We cannot ‘spoon-feed’ you. Medicine is far too complicated to learn by rote, and understanding is the key. Only you can discover understanding, and the course is designed to be a means for you to do just that.
Learning in clinical environments is a vital part of the medical course, taking a significant proportion of your time in Phase one, and nearly all of your time in Phase two. Working with practising doctors and real patients is very motivating and stimulating, and you must always aim to maximise your exposure to clinical work.
The key features of the academic threshold for applicants are that they: Demonstrate competence in English language, either in the case of a native English speaker by attainment of at least Grade C in English at GCSE (or equivalent), or in the case of non-native English speakers by attainment of at least 7.5 overall and at least 7.0 in each component of IELTS.
Demonstrate competence in Maths by attainment of at least Grade C in Maths GCSE (or equivalent).
In the case of applicants offering UK A-levels, they should have or be likely to obtain before the medical course begins a minimum of grades AAB in three A-levels including Chemistry, one from Maths or Biology and a third subject that may be any except General Studies. In the case of applicants who do not have Biology at A-Level, they should have studied the subject to AS level (or equivalent) and achieved at least a grade B.
In the case of applicants offering alternative secondary school qualifications, they should have or be expected to achieve qualifications at a level equivalent to A-level, and with a pattern of grades equivalent to AAB, including chemistry and biology at the most senior level studied.
In the specific case of the International Baccalaureate they should be expected to achieve or to have achieved a total score of at least 34 points with Higher level 6 in Chemistry & Biology. Please note that the overall point score does not include your theory of knowledge or extended essay. In the case of applicants offering a degree, they should have obtained at least an upper second class degree in a subject cognate to medicine.
Transfers from other undergraduate science or medicine programmes cannot be accepted.
Please note that we will not accept students who have previously enrolled in or studied an undergraduate medical programme.